Delta makes multiple approvals for road constructions as it plans reviving ailing industries


The Delta state executive council has approved the completion of the construction of Maryam Babangida Way, Asaba, in Oshimili south local government area.

The commissioner for information, Mr Patrick Ukah, who made the disclosure on Wednesday at a Post Exco briefing stated that the approval was in view of the important roles the roads play in linking the Okpanam road axis with the Asaba Benin Expressway, saying when completed, the road will add to the aesthetic beauty of the capital city.

According to him, Exco also approved the reconstruction of Nze Francis Street, opposite MTN office, off Benin/Asaba Expressway, Asaba and that of Nkpayala road, off Umejeri Road, Ibusa, in  Oshimili North Local Government Area.

Mr Ukah listed other approval to include the continuation and completion of the construction of the road from Ughelli/Patani Expressway junction to Bulu-Angiama in Patani Local Government Area, construction of Emede Ring Road with a spur to Ovie Palace Road in Isoko South Local Government Area and the construction of Owa-Aliosimi/Abraka Road, Ika North east Local Government Area.

Also approved by Exco is the construction of Dein Palace/Oza Nogogo Road in Ika South Local Government Area and construction of Old Okpe Road, Jeddo, Okpe Local Government Area as well as the development of Burutu and Ozoro Modern Markets in Burutu and Isoko North Local Government Areas respectively.

On the pace of the construction of drainages to control storm water in Asaba, the Commissioner stated that the State Government had perfected arrangement for interim and permanent measure to forestall major damage in view of the coming rains.

He clarified that most of the road projects in Asaba were being handled by the Asaba Capital Territory development Agency, indicating that every award by the agency went through due process.

In a similar development, the state government also approved the revival of some ailing industries in the state.

Mr. Ukah said with the new move by the state government, Kiakia Gas limited will invest in Bendel Steel Structures with the state retaining 20% share holding.

According to him, another investor, Steyvister Limited will invest in Bendel Glass Industries Limited with the state also retaining 20% share holding.

He added that Global Smartfit Nigeria Limited will continue with the proposal currently being processed by a committee under the mandate of the State Economic Management Team (EMT) with the State equally retaining 20% share holding.

He said that to this end, the State Ministry of Commerce and Industry had been mandated to carry out the necessary liaison with a view to perfect arrangements for the smooth running of the affected state-owned industries.

He also said the executive council approved the appointments of two new traditional stools in the state.

They are the appointment of Obi Paul Nzemeke Obi-Okolie II as the Obi of Egbudu-Aka Kingdom in Aniocha-South Local Government Area and that of Prince Uzuazoraro Harry Evewero Emaviwe as the Regent of Aviara Kingdom in Isoko South Local Government Area.

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, made the disclosure today at a Post Exco Briefing, held at the Government House Press Centre, Asaba.

Mr Ukah stated that the approvals became necessary after due considerations were given to the custom and traditions governing the enthronement traditional rulers in the two kingdoms.


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